SpaceX launches NASA satellite from Vandenberg Air Force Base

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Contrail from rocket blast visible in Bakersfield

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (KGET) — SpaceX launched a rocket carrying a satellite into orbit this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

A Falcon 9 rocket is taking off from the base at 9:17 a.m. The rocket is carrying NASA’s Sentinel 6 Michael Freilich sea level monitoring satellite. A portion of the rocket is set to land back at Vandenberg AFB.

A camera atop the KGET studios captured the rocket launch far off in the distance. Several residents said they heard sonic booms as part of the rocket broke the sound barrier returning to Earth.

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